Storms, damage, rebuilding and the Darwin Awards
Ever get stuck with the uneasy feeling that despite our ability to create devices like iPods and build steel buildings and overpasses, we are completely at the mercy of natural events?
CNN Money is reporting that damage from Hurricane Irene could be in the billions. The storm resulted in at least 35 deaths and has left more than 5 million people without power along the eastern coast of the U.S., according to media reports.
Today the CBC is reporting on the storm hitting the east coast of Canada. I felt compelled to add a link to their story because of the image of the father and daughter scampering up the rocks away from the pounding waves. I am not a parent and try not to judge the decisions of people who make and manage to keep alive little people. But seriously? A storm has resulted in the deaths of more than 35 people and as it approaches you decide to take the kid down to get a closer look?
Now for some good news closer to home.
About a week ago a tornado touched down in Goderich, resulting in the death of one man, ripping the roofs off buildings, and uprooting trees in the city square. Several of my family members - who are all okay - live in Goderich. It is where my mother grew up, is an extremely pretty place and it would be a real shame if the damage meant that some of the older buildings had to be torn down. Today the London Free Press is reporting that many of the historic buildings can be restored. Hoping they get the funds and support they need.
Back to the father of that young lady on the rocks. Trying to give you the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the storm arrived without warning (outside of days of news coverage, stormy skies and every fisherman in the area strapping down every bit of gear on their boats - or taking them out of the water).
Hoping you are dry, safe and inside. If you have some time to surf the Internet, please let me suggest the this website.